O Praise The Name (Hillsong)

Artist: Hillsong Worship
Words and Music: Benjamin Hastings, Marty Sampson, Dean Ussher
Album: Open Heaven / River Wild
Release: 2015
Tempo: 73 beats per minute
Key: C
Details: A very powerful song to introduce the entire album of Open Heaven / River Wild. I don’t know but every time I listen to this song, Chris Tomlin’s Amazing Grace recall on my mind.

Maybe the lyrics about salvation that Jesus gave to us when He sacrificed Himself to calvary.

The song also tells about praising him forever. I remember there is a pastor told me about in our second life, we will praise the lord eternally as this our lives in earth is a training ground for us in praising the lord.

I think the song tells the same story of praising the Lord and when He returns we will about to praise him forevermore. Continue reading O Praise The Name (Hillsong)

Open Heaven / River Wild – 2015 Hillsong Album

This is the 24th live album from Hillsong Worship that has been released on October 16, 2015 under Hillsong Music, Capitol, Christian Music Group and Sparrow Records.

The album was recorded during their 2015 conference at Sydney  SuperDome from June 29 to July 3 2015.

In this album the classic vocalist of Hillsong returns including Reuben Morgan and Marty Sampson.

The album consists of 12 tracks plus 4 tracks for digital deluxe edition from their sister band Hillsong United and Hillsong Young & Free.

TitleWriterWorship LeaderLength
O Praise The Name (Anastasis)Benjamin Hastings, Marty Sampson, Dean UssherMarty Sampson5:29
Love On The LineBrooke Ligertwood, Scott Ligertwood, Aryel MurphyAryel Murphy4:56
One ThingJoel Houston, Aodhan King, Dylan ThomasAodhan King6:13
Open Heaven (River Wild)Matt Crocker, Marty SampsonMatt Crocker, Hannah Hobbs7:29
TransfigurationAodhan King, Brooke Ligertwood, Scott Ligertwood, Taya SmithTaya Smith5:36
What A SaviourChris Davenport, Joel HoustonJoel Houston6:57
Heart Like HeavenMatt Crocker, Joel HoustonJad Gillies7:28
Jesus I Need YouBrooke Ligertwood, Scott Ligertwood, Reuben Morgan, Jarred RogersDavid Ware, Reuben Morgan4:59
Here With YouJOshua Grimmett, Johannes Shore, Jamie SnellTarryn Stokes4:20
In God We TrustBen Fielding, Reuben Morgan, Eric LiljeroAnnie Garratt, Ben Fielding4:01
FaithfulnessChris DavenportChris Davenport5:38
Never ForsakenChris Hastings, Hannah HobbsLaura Toggs4:36
Here Now (Madness)Michael Guy Chislett, Joel HoustonJoel Houston, Jad Gillies, Taya Smith6:55
RuleMatt Crocker, Joel Houston, Benjamin TennikoffJonathon Douglass4:13
This Is LivingJoel Davies, Aodhan KingAodhan King3:34
Pursue / All I Need Is YouHannah Hobbs, Aodhan King / Marty SampsonAodhan King, Tracy Pratt7:43


Highs and Lows (Hillsong)

Artist: Hillsong Young & Free
Words and Music: Joel Houston, Ben Tan & Aodhan King
Album: III
Release: 2018
Tempo: 81 beats per minute
Key: Eb
Details: From the lyrics of the song, this is like the “Even When It Hurts” version of Hillsong Y&F declaring God is present to our life on both highs and lows. While Hillsong United speaks about personal Y&F speaks how God works on us in both situation.

So it is like either acknowledging him or not, he will still work in us. This is why either good or bad people they are still living. Mathew 5:45, “He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” 
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SELAH III (Fruit of the Spirit) by Hillsong

Artist: Hillsong Young & Free
Words and Music: Tracy Lee Pratt, Brooke Fraser, Ben Tan
Album: III
Release: 2018
Tempo: 73 beats per minute
Key: A
Details: Selah can be found at the end of a verse in both Psalms and Habakkuk and it stand as musical direction. In this album, you can find three tracks. The the first two consist of instrument while the third having a subtitle of Fruit of the Spirit has lyrics to complete a song.

Personally the lyrics of the song is meaningful to me. This is my basis if I can say to myself that I’m Christian, that I’m on the right path following Jesus. This is the only way for us to know if the Holy Spirit is reflecting on us. Fruit means the output and a good basis that we can say that we are Christian as we are claiming to be.

So for us to know that we are already Christian or somebody is a Christian, he/she must have the fruit of the spirit mentioned in the song below. Continue reading SELAH III (Fruit of the Spirit) by Hillsong

More Of You (Hillsong)

Artist: Hillsong Young & Free
Words and Music: Tracy Lee Pratt, Brooke Fraser, Ben Tan
Album: III
Release: 2018
Tempo: 64 beats per minute
Key: Db
Details: As human we don’t have satisfaction from fame, riches, etc and only God can only satisfy us. A satisfaction that will leave us on thoughts of God is enough for us to live in this world.

And if there is still no satisfaction, it should be on God. Yes we want more of him everyday we spent our lives for him. We want to know him better. We want to serve him even more. I remember there is someone said, “if I have 2nd life, I will still serve the Lord” Continue reading More Of You (Hillsong)

Peace (Hillsong)

Artist: Hillsong Young & Free
Words and Music: Michael Fatkin, Benjamin Hastings & Melodie Wagner
Album: III
Release: 2018
Tempo: 86 beats per minute
Key: C
Details: This is not the first time that Hillsong sings about Peace but to compare it with previous song, the song is focus on personal experience about the peace that Jesus brought to us. This is the peace that will come us in our anxiety. This is that peace will comfort us even the world give us strife.

This is the peace that will make us strong in times of conflict. This is peace, this peace is the presence of God. Continue reading Peace (Hillsong)

Hindsight (Hillsong)

Artist: Hillsong Young & Free
Words and Music: Alexander Pappas, Aodhan King, Benjamin Hastings
Album: III
Release: 2018
Tempo: 130 beats per minute
Key: Db
Details: That’s what happened when Jesus Christ came to the world to save us. We don’t know who he is and the sad part here was accusing him against God which is actually He is God.

Like a hindsight we don’t know the entire plan until it was finished. If only we know from the start the plan of God sending Jesus Christ, we could accepted him not like how people rejected him. But I guess that is a part of the plan since in old testament it was already prophesied. Continue reading Hindsight (Hillsong)

Push / Pull (Hillsong)

Artist: Hillsong Young & Free
Words and Music: Tracy Lee Pratt, Brooke Fraser, Ben Tan
Album: III
Release: 2018
Tempo: 79 beats per minute
Key: E
Details: This is our relationship with God. As human we are the one who are pushing the love of God for us with our sin. While we are pushing his love, he is pulling us to go back in him. As a matter of fact, He sent Jesus Christ so we can get closer to him even this will cost His only Son’s life. Continue reading Push / Pull (Hillsong)

Midnight Sky (Unique Salonga)

Artist: Unique Salonga
Words and Music: Unique Salonga
Release: 2018
Tempo: 103 beats per minute
Key: F
Details: This is the first song that Unique Salonga released after his departure from IV of Spades. It’s a coincidence that Midnight Sky released in the same hour that the newest single of IV of Spades, In My Prison released.

Aside from the release date, both official videos in Youtube received comments from their fan about the departure. In Mindnight Sky they said that it would be better if IV of Spades will play that song while in In My Prison, they said that the song will never be the same if Unique is on the vocals.

Anyway whatever we say about their decision, it won’t change anymore what they have decided. As a fan, we just accept their decision and hope for the best on their career. Continue reading Midnight Sky (Unique Salonga)

Love Won’t Let Me Down (Hillsong)

Artist: Hillsong Young & Free
Words and Music: Michael Fatkin & Alexander Pappas
Album: III
Release: 2018
Tempo: 125 beats per minute
Key: D
Details: It sound secular to me or there is a song in mind mind with the lyrics, “No on can ever let me down”. The only difference is that Hillsong Y&F telling that the love of God will never let us down especially if we are trusting him.

When we were lost and searching for someone who are able to help us, still God is near to us all we have to do is to trust in him.  Continue reading Love Won’t Let Me Down (Hillsong)